Inmates paroled from the Pennsylvania correctional system have to follow the rules and terms of their release. Failing a drug test or engaging in past criminal activities could result in a return to prison. Also, persons convicted or with a history of domestic violence-related crimes may be held accountable if they continue such harmful behaviors.
Domestic violence and parole
In Pennsylvania, a “Domestic Violence Protocol” exists to supervise parolees with the intent of reducing domestic violence. Domestic violence remains criminal behavior, and parolees who commit acts of domestic violence would likely violate their parole.
A person recently paroled from prison could return to living in a home with his or her spouse. If a violent altercation occurs and a parole officer discovers the parolee attacked the partner, expect serious consequences. Someone known for harming a partner, child, or another relative may represent a danger to others and the public at large.
Claims of domestic violence against parolees
Returning someone to prison for domestic violence-related parole and probation violations, at the very least, could reduce future incidents. If authorities don’t take action against abusers, domestic violence will continue. However, punishing someone based on false accusations would not do any good.
Unfortunately, false domestic violence accusations occur. Such dubious claims may result in an innocent person potentially losing his or her freedom. Proving the accusations are false may prevent a parole revocation from occurring. Eyewitness testimony or other evidence could work in the parolee’s favor.
Self-defense may serve as another defense against charges of domestic violence. Unfortunately, a person on parole could find defending oneself may threaten his or her freedom.
Parolees have rights, and there are formal processes involved when the person faces accusations. The accused may defend themselves at a parole board revocation hearing. At the hearing, evidence might support the parolee’s case.